I was filled with mixed emotions when Alex Tanney was poached from the Cowboys practice squad. I was ready to chew nails because I still believe he was the Cowboys future at quarterback.
The analyst in me was happy for him because he is in a position to compete for a starting job right away. The fan in me is totally bummed. I foresee a dismal future with a long list of Quincy Carters in Dallas.
It is no secret that the Browns have been in dire need of a QB. Jason Campbell is not the answer, and I was never a big fan of Brandon Weeden. It is amusing to me that Alex Tanney is now the fourth player that I did a scouting report on to find a home in Cleveland. All were prospects I wanted for the Cowboys moving forward.
Kerwynn Williams was one of the most recent, and I wrote about him prior to this years draft. Considering the trade of Trent Richardson, I expect to see Williams become an asset to this Browns team: both as a RB, and a kick returner. The other two are cornerback Buster Skrine, and offensive guard, Jeremiah Warren.
Alex Tanney is in a really good situation in Cleveland because Norv Turner is one of the best in the NFL when it comes to developing quarterbacks. He will have a much better offensive line than he did in Dallas, and Cleveland will utilize the running game more.
- NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes (157) 2011
- NCAA Division III record for passing yards (14,249) 2011
- Associated Press Little All-American 2011
- AFCA Division III CoachesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ All-American 2011
- 3x D3football.com All-West Region 2008,2009, 2011
- 2x D3football.com All-American 2009, 2011
- Melberger Award Trophy 2009
- 3x Offensive Player of the Year in the Midwest Conference 2008, 2009, 2011
- All-Time record for pass-completions (Illinois) 2006
- Third all-time for most pass completions, season (Illinois) 2006
- 2x Illinois All-State 2005, 2006
I included the film study from my first article on Alex Tanney:
Alex Tanney has good height that allows him a good view of the field. He shows good poise in the pocket and has good feet. He has excellent arm strength (anyone that can hit the goal post at 60 yds on his knees qualifies in my book). Good throwing motion, good read and react skills, laser like accuracy, and most importantly, good anticipation: his receivers donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to lose a step and can catch the ball in stride.
I watched him throw multiple passes in to double and triple coverage and he put the ball where only his receiver could catch it. He showed the ability to evade the pass rush, and throw on the run across his body to the other side of the field with precision. I am not saying he will be Tom Brady tomorrow, but if the Dallas Cowboys could invest a few years in Steven McGee, they better take it under advisement to do the same for Alex Tanney because he has much better instincts and mechanics to start with.
I am happy for Alex Tanney being put in a position where he can compete for a starting job, and I wish him the best of luck. I have to give Kudos to Michael Lombardi and the Browns front office because,
The Browns hit the Mother Lode with Alex Tanney! Once again, Jerry Jones let a solid player move on to become a star elsewhere.